Rafa: Money not the answer
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says they do not need money to compete with Chelsea.Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez says his side do not need financial might in order to compete with Chelsea.
The Spaniard takes his Anfield squad to Stamford Bridge for a Super Sunday clash with Jose Mourinho's Blues, with the European Cup holders standing 18 points behind the Premiership champions.
Both sides have already met three times this season, with two goalless draws being the result in the UEFA Champions League group stages, while the West Londoners thrashed The Reds 4-1 in The Premiership back in October.
Despite the obvious points gap between the two sides, Benitez pointed to his time as Valencia manager as an example of how a club can be successful against financially bigger sides.
"I'm convinced it's possible to close the gap on Chelsea by being smarter," Benitez said. "It was the same in Spain with Valencia.
"It was impossible to compete financially with Real Madrid and Barca (Barcelona), but we won two leagues and a Uefa Cup. It is the same here at Anfield.
"It is only my second season, but we are getting closer.
"It isn't always necessary to have the very best players. I'd rather have the right player come in and do the job.
"And I don't think about the money Chelsea have. I prefer to think about what I can do with my team.
"Without money, you need imagination to look for players who will be good enough."
Chelsea striker Eidur Gudjohnsen, meanwhile, believes a win over the Merseysiders on Sunday will secure a successful defence of their Premiership title.
The Iceland international wants his side not to leave anything to chance and kill off one of their closest rivals for the title.
"Everyone seems to be saying that if we win on Sunday, then we have won the League - and I agree with that," Gudjohnsen said.
"My feeling is 'Let's kill them off then' and I'm sure we will.
"There's no reason not to be confident. When you play for Chelsea, you have got a right to be confident."